Seasonal Recipe: Two Holidays Treats Too Good To Save For Santa

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

Leave the cookies and milk to the fictitious fat man in the red suit and indulge in delicious treats that scream “I’m doing this adulting thing right!” By combining a nice healthy snack with a seasonal cocktail, you’re sure to save the calories for what really matters…getting drunk.

Quick Baked Pears 

INGREDIENTS

 

2 large Bosc pears
2 tsps sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries or dried mixed fruit (such as Sun-Maid Fruit Bits)
1/4 cup low-fat granola
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt, divided into 4 small scoops

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel pears; cut in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to remove core and seeds, creating a hollow.
  2. Place pear halves, with cut sides up, in a glass pie plate. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over pears.
  3. Combine cranberries and granola; mound into hollows of the pear halves. Pour the apple juice in and around pear halves. Cover dish loosely with wax paper.
  4. Cook in microwave on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife. Let stand in the dish 5 minutes. Use a large slotted spoon to transfer the pears to serving plates.
  5. Drizzle juices from pie plate over pears and serve with frozen yogurt.
drizzled_pear

 

Courtesy of Health.com

Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail 

INGREDIENTS

White sugar crystals, preferably coarse
2 cups store-bought eggnog, chilled
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup amaretto liqueur
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
4 cinnamon sticks

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dampen the rims of 4 martini glasses and then line the rims with sugar crystals.
  2. Combine eggnog, brandy, amaretto, nutmeg, and ice cream in a blender; process until smooth. Pour mixture into martini glasses and garnish each glass with a whole cinnamon stick.
Santassleighcocktail

 

Courtesy of Food Network

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